Beloved Chihuahua from Legally Blonde — The Musical Dies: 'He Will Live on in Our Hearts'
Trainer Bill Berloni announced that Chico died on March 11
Chico, the adorable Chihuahua from Legally Blonde — The Musical has died.
For the entire 2007-08 run of the play, Chico played Bruiser, Elle Woods’ tiny pup.
When it’s duration on Broadway ended, Chico continued touring for more than a decade, acting in regional productions all over the world.
The pooch retired two years ago.
Chico got his big break after being shown to Berloni at the Associated Humane Society in Newark, NJ, Berloni’s Instagram post explained.
“Chico had been severely abused and was actually slated for euthanasia. He ‘spoke’ to Bill that day, however, and despite everyone at the shelter telling him he was the absolute wrong choice, Bill took him… if nothing else to find him the perfect home.”
However, the post says that’s when “Destiny intervened at a press event for Legally Blonde when the show’s director, Jerry Mitchell, fell in love with our little Chihuahua and declared ‘This is our Bruiser!'”
“Chico went on to do the entire Broadway run of Legally Blonde, followed by the national tour and numerous regional productions before retiring two years ago,” the post read.
Aside from Chico’s life on Broadway, the pup also traveled with Berloni “to do talks and training demonstrations.”
He also starred in an episode of From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni — a reality show about rescue animals trained for the entertainment industry.
“He will live on in our hears and as Legally Blonde — The Musical‘s official logo.”
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The post also states that donation’s in Chico’s name can be made to The Sandy Fund at the Humane Society of New York.
“He was a sweet little Chihuahua who was very loved,” Witherspoon said in an Instagram post. “I will never forget all the days we spent together … I’m sure his tail is wagging in the sky.”